Honda Wind Turbines Blowing Away Expectations

September 11, 2014 By Karen Henry

wind-turbine-close-energy-manageIn the first six months following the installation of two power-producing wind turbines at Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America, the turbines are producing more renewable, electricity than was anticipated.

The wind turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent. The two turbines, standing 260 feet tall with 160-foot blades, were initially projected to produce upwards of 10,000 MWh of electricity per year, accounting for about 10 percent of the plant’s annual power needs. The turbines have outperformed company projections in four of the six months since operations began. The turbines produced their highest output in April, providing 16.26 percent of the plant’s power requirements for the month.

The installation of the turbines makes the Russells Point, Ohio, plant the first major automotive facility in the United States to receive a substantial amount of its power from on-site wind turbines. The project was developed and installed by Juhl Energy. The two turbines are owned by ConEdison Solutions.

The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.

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